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Question Changed thermal paste and m.2 drive - can't boot or enter bios

Sep 20, 2019
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Basically I opened up my PC in order to 1: add a new m.2 SSD and 2: change the thermal paste on the CPU. I removed my old m.2 and moved it to the m.2 connector that didn't have a heat spreader (this m.2 drive was black and I didn't want the new one, which was blue, to be visible) I then installed the new m.2 and also changed the thermal paste of the CPU. Now when I boot I simply get the message "press DEL or F2 to enter UEFI BIOS settings". I have tried two different keyboard plugged into every USB port imaginable and nothing at all happens, the same screen remains. Oh and I also can't boot, it's just stuck on this screen. I have also tried a CMOS reset to no avail.
 
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Need details.
What specific make/model/size are the drives?
What specific make/model motherboard?
The MOBO is an ASUS PRIME X570-pro and the old drive is a Samsung 960 Evo 256GB and the new drive is a WD BLUE SN550 1TB. keep in mind neither drive is the boot drive.
 

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OK.
I asked about the drives and motherboard because a LOT of boards will disable one or more SATA ports when an M.2 drive is used.
That does not seem to be the case with your component config.
 

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